Herbal remedy sarsaparilla contains cholesterol lowering properties & protects against fungus naturally.
English Name: Sarsaparilla
Latin Name: Smilax ornata
What is Sarsaparilla?
Sarsaparilla is a vine that can grow up to 164 feet long and is native to North and South America.91,92 It is a member of the Liliaceae family with over 300 subspecies1. The leaves are green and contain multiple converging striations and an oval shape. The flowers are green and white with long fibers that fan out to create a starburst effect.
The plant is often used as a flavoring for drinks, and in Asia it is a popular pickled food item1. A soft drink named for the plant in the U.S. in the 1800s actually contained sassafras, not sarsaparilla3. One species of this herb is popular in Jamaica where it is viewed as an aphrodisiac and called Jamaican sarsaparilla.95,96
How Does Sarsaparilla Work?
Sarsaparilla contains many components beneficial to health, like flavonoids and antioxidants. The chief active compounds in the plant, though, are saponins, which have a bitter taste and become foamy in water1. Saponins are chemically similar to steroids and human hormones, and studies have shown them to have healthful effects on the immune system and to have antifungal properties2.
Benefits of Sarsaparilla
The steroidal nature of the saponins in sarsaparilla can help increase testosterone production in both men and women, which may help strengthen libido and sexual performance. Additionally, the herb can help balance the hormonal system and relieve some symptoms of menopause like hot flashes.
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- "Sarsaparilla Benefits & Information." Herbwisdom. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-sasparilla.html.
- Shi, John, Konesh Arunasalam, David Yeung, Yukio Kakuda, Gauri Mittal, and Yueming Jiang. "Saponins from Edible Legumes: Chemistry, Processing, and Health Benefits." Journal of Medicinal Food. 2004. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15117556.
- "Sarsaparilla." Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla | Baseline of Health. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/herbs/sarsaparilla.